Researching young fatherhood during a pandemic: FYFF features as a case study in the Healthcare Improvement Scotland ‘Engaging Differently’ series
In November 2020, the FYFF team gave a keynote presentation at a webinar run by the Covid Realities project. The presentation was an opportunity to reflect on our experiences of conducting research with young fathers during a pandemic. A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.
The webinar prompted lots of response from social researchers and fostered a range of new collaborations and connections with different communities. Following the webinar we were approached to write a case study for Healthcare Improvement Scotland (an NHS public body) for their Engaging Differently series. The remit of the series is to support health and social care providers in Scotland to engage meaningfully with service users, carers, communities and the wider public. During the COVID-19 pandemic it has proved more difficult to involve people and listen to their views and experiences. #Engaging Differently has been established to share guidance and examples where organisations and groups have been engaging effectively online. There are some fantastic examples and case studies already and we highly recommend a read.
The FYFF case study explains how we continued researching and working with young fathers using online methods. We reflect on what worked well and what worked less well. Overall, the young fathers we interviewed were keen to participate in the research despite the additional pressures produced by the lockdown. Despite a few technical hitches, they considered it important that their voices and experiences as young fathers continued to be heard. The case study is now published on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website and can be accessed here.